[URBANTH-L]Postcolonial Popular Cultures Symposium
vijay.devadas at stonebow.otago.ac.nz
Wed Sep 10 16:22:14 EDT 2008
The Postcolonial Studies Research Network at the University of Otago
is organizing a symposium entitled Postcolonial Popular Culture.
The call for papers is listed below.
best wishes, vijay
Postcolonial Popular Cultures: A Symposium
Organised by the Postcolonial Studies Research Network, University of
December 14-16, 2008, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Grant Farred, Professor of Africana Studies and English, Cornell
“For Our Time? Thinking the Popularity of the Postcolonial”: exploring
the relevance of postcoloniality, and its historically difficult
relationship to the popular, in our moment.
Kalpana Ram, Anthropology, Macquarie University.
To be confirmed
Jo Smith, Media Studies Programme, Victoria University of Wellington.
“Postcolonial Maori TV?”
Call for Papers
The field of postcolonial studies has recently been called on to
redress its lack of sustained attention to, and engagement with,
popular cultural practices and forms. A survey of the anthologies and
major collections informing the field suggest the point is a
legitimate one. While scholars such as Arjun Appadurai, Paul Gilroy,
and Kobena Mercer engage with popular cultural practices of diasporic
and migrant communities, the postcolonial field has shown less
attention to popular cultural forms as productive sites for exploring
the kinds of questions that animate it.
Taking on this challenge, we invite submissions from across
disciplines to engage with the theme of postcolonial popular cultures.
Theoretical and disciplinary inquiries may include the constitution of
postcolonial popular cultures, the function, role of the postcolonial
in postcolonial popular culture, and the critical perspective offered
by postcolonial studies. What can postcolonial studies contribute to
the study and understanding of popular culture that has not been
addressed by cultural studies? How would an examination of
contemporary popular cultural practices influence significant areas of
postcolonial theorizing: hybridity, resistance, the politics of
representation? How would it affect the field’s focus on a certain
literary and theoretical canon, and its arguably textual orientation?
What economies of value shape the relative exclusion of popular
culture in postcolonial studies?
Beyond this, we are concerned to ask whether an emphasis on
postcolonial popular culture challenges specific structures of power,
or whether popular cultural forms and practices are complicit with the
institutions and operations postcolonial studies seek to challenge? In
a period of rapid commodification and intense consumerism, what is at
stake when we speak of postcolonial popular cultures? What impact is
made on postcolonial cultural expressions by the ‘global popular’?
These questions are by no means exhaustive; they are offered as a
point of entry for further discussion on the theme of postcolonial
popular culture. Postcolonial popular culture is defined in a broad
and inclusive way to incorporate lived and textual cultures, the mass
media, ways of life, and discursive modes of representation. Central
to the formation of postcolonial popular cultures are articulations of
the economic, social and political spheres and the conference welcomes
contributions that will highlight these issues.
Papers from across disciplines are invited to address aspects of
Postcolonial Popular Culture, including:
Popular culture and resistance
Everyday popular cultural practices
Television and other broadcast media
Online games, computer and other technologies
Street and community theatre
To maintain the integrity of discussions, we ask that submissions
address the question of popular culture in relation to some aspect of
the field of postcolonial studies. We invite abstracts of 250-300
words and a short bio of 100 words to be sent to Dr Brendan Hokowhitu (Brendan.hokowhitu at stonebow.otago.ac.nz
) by 1 October, 2008.
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